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>> pelley: tonight, a somber homecoming. the victims of flight 17 are returned to the netherlands. elizabeth palmer is there. mark phillips is at the crash site where rebels have turned over the flight recorders, but other evidence has been tampered with. barry petersen is with gazans driven from their homes by the war, taking shelter in a school. >> reporter: people here say at least they feel safe, if "safe" is a word you can use in gaza. >> pelley: an american teenager >> pelley: the execution of a convicted killer in arizona runs into trouble. ben tracy has the breaking news. and a place to heal. mark strassmann with america's wounded women warriors. >> reporter: it's liberating because it's just women veterans just like you. >> yeah, absolutely. captioning sponsored by cbs
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this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. this is our western addition. nearly a week after malaysia airlines flight 17 left amsterdam, some of the 298 people on board were flown back today in wooden caskets, borne by military planes. it was a national day of mourning in the netherlands. two-thirds of the passengers killed when the plane was shot down over ukraine were dutch. we have reports tonight from both countries. first, elizabeth palmer in amsterdam. >> reporter: six days of confusion and indignity ended at last when two military transports, one dutch and one australian, brought the first 40 victims of the crash back to the netherlands. one by one, the simple coffins were carried off the plane by dutch military personnel and loaded into waiting hearses. a procedure that went on for 90 minutes under the broiling sun.
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flanking the airfield, the national flags of the dead flew at half-staff. dutch dignitaries looked on, and n, did 1,000 family members, out of sight for their privacy, but their grief audible from behind a black screen. ( crying ) ♪ today's austere ceremony h1cluded no speeches. the tragedy of mh17 lies beyond words. this solemn motorcade will carry the crash victims across central holland, past crowds of dutch people who are lining the roads to pay tribute, to a forensic center where the work of identification can finally begin. ( applause ) along the way, a nation used to keeping its emotions private united in a public display. ( bell tolling )
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people paused to listen to church bells marking a day of collective pain and a homecoming no one could have imagined. and, scott, this very sad process is just beginning. two more planes are expected tomorrow, and they will be carrying 70 or more bodies. >> pelley: elizabeth palmer in amsterdam for us tonight. thank you, liz. today, pro-russian rebels in eastern ukraine shot down two ukrainian military jets about 20 miles from where the malaysian 777 went down. mark phillips is at the flight 17 crash site. >> reporter: there had been fears the rebels might have tampered with the plane's voice and data recorders before handing them over, but the dutch air safety board says valid information has now been downloaded from them. it's the first encouraging news in the effort to find out how
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this plane came down. so far, the only investigation on the site amounts to three people against the odds, only a trio of malaysian aviation experts have ventured into this war zone crime scene. a larger international team, including americans, has stayed away for security reasons and there is now more evidence on how the site has clearly been compromised by the pro-russian rebels who control it. this large fuselage section is part of what we found when we arrived the day after the crash, and this is what it looks like now. the fuselage part has clearly been moved, and the part that was here gone. the fear is that the rebels have removed evidence that they shot the plane down using a russian- supplied missile, as has been alleged, yet there still seems to be plenty of evidence around the site. it's parts like this that support the idea the plane might have been hit by a missile.
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these look to be, perhaps, shrapnel exit wounds on the fuselage. the shrapnel having passed through the body of the plane and possibly out through there. there are several parts like this around. and here, big pieces, big holes penetrating from the outside in. and this is what's left of the cockpit. clearly, the controls there, the flight computer, pilot seat, and then the metal work, again, penetrating holes. the malaysian inspectors are doing what they can to cover a huge crash area. they could use a little help. and the security situation is getting worse. two more planes shot down, military this time, and the fighting moving ever closer, scott. >> pelley: mark phillips in eastern ukraine. thanks, mark. >> pelley: there was another air
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tragedy today. a trans-asia turboprop went down on an island off taiwan while attempting an emergency landing in stormy weather. several homes were wiped out. 47 on the plane were killed. and relatives could not contain their grief. there were 11 survivors. fighting rages on in gaza tonight. the death toll there has now reached 695, mostly civilians. israel's air and ground assault is aimed at stopping thousands of rockets fired into israel from the palestinian homeland. barry petersen is in gaza. >> reporter: they fled this morning with what they could carry, including the family fan, and they brought their bitterness with them. "everything is demolished back there," he said, "trees, houses." "nobody cares," she said, "about the people who die here." they are refugees in their own land. the united nations estimates
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that nearly 120,000 have run away from their homes on the front lines and poured into empty schools. there is food, water, but little dignity at this school with almost 600 people cramming into classrooms, 30 to 50 in each one. as difficult as it is, almost 600 people sharing 12 bathrooms, people here say at least they feel safe, if "safe" is a word you can use in gaza. yet, there is a breaking point. "it can't go on like this much longer," rewaa pasal says, "this is a big disaster for us." ( explosions ) but there is no sign of a let-up from the israelis, and hamas sees no cease-fire unless the israeli blockade is lifted, said
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spokesman sami abu zuhri. how much longer can hamas ask the people of gaza to endure this war? his answer, "the people in gaza say to us we must continue. we don't put the people under pressure. the people pressure us." water and food are in short supply, electricity down to three hours a day, death stalks almost every street, and constant explosions make sleep almost impossible. and yet, scott, there is defiance. >> pelley: more remarkable reporting from gaza. barry petersen, thanks very much. for its part, israel has lost 32 soldiers and three civilians. most flights to tel aviv remain canceled due to rocket strikes near the airport, but the f.a.a. is now considering lifting that flight ban. today, secretary of state john kerry shuttled among leaders in the region to broker a cease- fire. he's in cairo tonight, and that's where we find margaret brennan.
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margaret. >> reporter: scott, secretary kerry told benjamin netanyahu in a visibly tense meeting today that it's time to end the fighting in gaza and that his military has already achieved its goal of decimating hamas' military capabilities. but netanyahu isn't ready to pull back his military until it destroys all of the tunnels that hamas uses to funnel weapons into gaza. for his part, hamas' leader, khaled mashaal, publicly rejected the idea of a cease- fire and said israel must immediately end its seven-year blockade of gaza before hamas stops firing rockets into israel. >> pelley: and kerry's mission continues. margaret brennan on the banks of the nile. thank you, margaret. with battles raging overseas, president obama shuttled among fund-raisers here at home, two of them today. he has his eye on a battle three months away, the midterm elections, and with the
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possibility of democrats losing the senate, the party needs oaney right now, but is now the best time to be on the road? here's major garrett. >> reporter: president obama n rived late today in los angeles for his fifth meeting with big donors in two days. y ite house press secretary josh earnest says this fund-raising swing has not distracted the president from crises at home and abroad. could you address what many americans believe is either the trivial or unnecessarily distracting obligations of presidents, including this one, to raise money in the course of conducting important matters of state? >> my suggested standard would be whether or not those political activities interfere with the president's constitutional responsibilities as the commander in chief of the united states of america. >> reporter: since taking office, president obama has attended 398 fund-raisers, nearly twice as many as his predecessor george w. bush at the same point in his
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presidency. after the malaysia airlines disaster, president obama kept to his fund-raising schedule in new york, opting to call world leaders from air force one. the president did not cancel isnd-raisers in texas earlier this month, despite calls for him to see firsthand the immigration crisis on the southern border. >> i'm not interested in photo- ops. i'm interested in solving a problem. >> reporter: scott, the white house insists that the president's fund-raisers do not interfere with his obligations es commander in chief and that he carries out all those obligations and would return to the white house if dire circumstances required. a senior official told us the president resists canceling fund-raisers or any part of his public schedule to avoid alarming the country during times of uncertainty. >> pelley: major garrett, still at the white house tonight. thank you, major. >> pelley: a death row inmate in arizona ran out of appeals.
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but there was a problem today at his execution. ben tracy is following this. >> reporter: we've just learned that the inmate joseph rudolf wood is now dead inside a florence arizona prison. but his execution this afternoon took more than two hours. joseph wood was being executed for a double murder he committed in 1989. his execution by lethal injection in arizona began at 1:52 this afternoon but he did not die until 3:49. his lawyers say he was still gasping and snorting towards the end. they tried to have his execution called off earlier with an appeal to the us supreme court because of what they call the secrecy surrounding arizona's the surpreme court denied that secrecy surrounding arizona's lethal injection drugs. the surpreme court denied that appeal. during the lengthy execution, his lawyer again appealed to try and stop the process but it was too late.
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>> now the prison had planned to use a drug in his execution that was used in three flawed executions earlier this year. and those cases, the inmates appeared to suffer respiratory distress. >> pelley: the officer trying to arrest this suspect is under investigation himself after the man dies in custody. who's better with a scalpel, a surgeon or a robot. and a doomed cruise ship and a doomed cruise ship makes one final voyage when the "cbs evening news" continues.
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of a new york city man gathered at a brooklyn church this evening for his funeral. 43-year-old eric garner died last week after struggling with police officers. michelle miller tells us their actions are now under investigation. >> i did nothing! i was sitting here the whole time minding my own business! >> reporter: an eyewitness recorded the arrest of eric garner. police say he was selling cigarettes illegally. >> don't touch me. don't touch me. ( bleep ) >> reporter: the officer in the green shirt appears to put garner in what's known as a choke hold. police say garner, who had a history of health problems, died of a heart attack on his way to the hospital. a preliminary autopsy did not directly link the choke hold to garner's death, but the n.y.p.d. has prohibited the maneuver since 1994. >> the reason why choke holds are dangerous is because it blocks off the breathing which could eventually cause brain damage if the person is unconscious for a long period of time. >> reporter: former police sergeant joseph giacalone was on cee n.y.p.d. force for 21 years.
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he told us department policy is clear, but things can get murky on the streets. >> when you're in the heat of the moment, the last thing you're thinking of well there's a patrol guide procedure that says i shouldn't be around this person's neck. >> with a choke hold it makes it very difficult for wes to breathe, it actually encourages him to struggle to try to get away. >> reporter: charles huth showed us a safer restraint technique he is teaching cops at the national law enforcement training center in kansas city. this is called the lateral vascular neck restraint. it doesn't block the airway, and it's now used by 500 police departments. >> we're talking bilateral compression on the sides of the neck. you will notice derek's captured wes' balance to the rear, he's got him off balance, that makes it extremely difficult for wes to resist. he reporter: and the n.y.p.d. has ordered retraining on proper restraint techniques for all 35,000 cops, and, scott, the police officer involved has been placed on desk duty pending an investigation. >> pelley: michelle, thanks very much.
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become a selling point for many medical centers across the country. last year, robots were used in 422,000 surgeries. that's up 15% from the year before. today's study compared two techniques for bladder cancer surgery, the use of robots, where surgeons precisely manipulate remote-controlled instruments and traditional, or open surgery, which involves larger incisions and the doctor directly handling the instruments and the organs. interim results released as a letter to the "new england journal of medicine" showed no difference in ates of complication or length of hospital stay. the findings were so clear, the trial was stopped early. dr. bernie bochner is a urologic surgical oncologist at memorial sloan kettering cancer center. he led the study. we live in a time where costs are high. where does this type of surgery fit in? >> it has to be paramount in the decision making. does this improve patient care? because if it doesn't, then it
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shouldn't be incorporated, and the costs really won't be justified. >> reporter: 62-year-old antonio resendes was one of 118 patients in the study. he had robotic surgery. >> so everybody thinks that modern technology is going to tolve most of the problems, but in this case here, you know, it wasn't much of a difference. >> reporter: there is a difference in the cost. hospitals pay $1.7 million per robot, and a 2010 study at one hospital showed robotic surgery for bladder cancer cost about $1,600 more than open surgery. dr. bochner says the rise in robotic surgery has led to a full in teaching young doctors how to do open surgery and that raises a question for the future. even if further studies favor the open technique in some cases, will enough doctors still feel comfortable doing it? >> pelley: thanks very much, jon. today, the "costa concordia" left the italian island of giglio on its final journey two and a half years after it hit
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exclusively to injured female vets, like amanda marr. >> it's actually a war piece. >> reporter: the 32-year-old left the army in 2010. sergeant marr was hurt in what she describes as a training incident. she's not comfortable giving details. >> for a long time, i just sort of went numb. i think i was in shock. >> reporter: but internally suffering? >> suffering at the time didn't really seem like suffering, and it wasn't until, honestly, until i got out of the army and realized, oh, that's what a woman is. that's what women do. they hug their kids. like, they lay in bed with their husband. they don't have nightmares at night. >> reporter: how close to the old healthy you are you now? >> oh, to be honest, i don't remember the old, healthy me. and that's tough. >> reporter: the retreat is funded by the nonprofit lake shore foundation. >> real nice shot! >> reporter: it lasts five days, but they tell us their connections are almost instant. i ha-ha! >> reporter: the benefits may last a lifetime.
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>> it's incredibly liberating. being around my own peer group as women veterans, it really allows me to sort of let down my guard. i can just actually just be present here and just try things. >> reporter: recovery is a process. at this retreat, they met someone else who understands. mark strassmann, cbs news, birmingham, alabama. >> thank you. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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members on edge. the increasingly dangerous this san francisco now at 6:00, a spike in violence keeping police on their toes and community members on edge. the increasingly dangerous conditions in this san francisco neighborhood. >> good evening, i'm allen martin. >> i'm veronica de la cruz. kpix 5's phil matier is outside the bayview police station tonight. do they have any idea what's behind the sudden surge? >> reporter: it is incredible. we usually concentrate when somebody dies with you the number of shootings in san francisco is astounding as well and it is a big problem. if you want an example, just step inside the bayview police station and take a look. >> small gun over here with a 50-round drum. >> reporter: they call it the gun wall, a vivid reminder of the violence that continues to plague the bayview and the
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bullet hole left froma shootout that sent glass flying into the head of a 73-year-old woman sitting in her apartment at this senior complex. >> all we heard was boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom. we hear silence for a minute, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom. >> reporter: actually, it sounded like this. [ gunfire ] >> that was yesterday. >> reporter: that's the actual gunfight caught on the police shotspotter. and it's an all-too-common sound in the bayview. >> yesterday it went off four times i think. >> all of a sudden the police come up that way, that way. >> reporter: police say the shooting may have been a pay- back for an earlier incident in the mission between the norteno and serrano street gangs who thanks to the city's housing crunch appear to be moving into a predominantly black neighborhood. >> more and more asian and latin community members moving out this way. >> reporter: more gang members as well? >> i think you get the good with the bad. >> reporter: you also get the guns. 145 so


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